Friday 16 September 2011

James - The purpose of Tests

My bible has broken James' chapters into nice bite-sized bits with headings so I'm going to follow suit and borrow those headings to organise my posts.  So, here goes:

James 1 Vs 1 - 12 - The purpose of Tests

Vs 2:  Count it all joy when you fall into various trials.
Vs 3- 4:  Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Ouch!  Its one thing to acknowledge that being tested is something to be counted as joy!  You could even say, "I must be on the right path for the devil to test me so."  Patience is a whole other issue.  Had I read this a few days ago my weekend may not have been so catastrophic.  I would have though this "testing" through and been patient (I can only hope I'd be :) ) and waited on the Lord to bring good out of it!  Instead - I exploded - out of hurt, frustration, failed expectations!  The devil knows exactly which buttons to push!  But I should KNOW that he is going to press buttons, right?!


Vs 5 - 6:  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him. (6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting....

So, don't ask for wisdom if you don't mean it.  But if you do mean it - God says He gives liberally.


V12:  Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

We can't escape temptation, but God's word says He gives us a way to deal with it, He says we won't be tempted beyond what we are able and when we endure, He promises a crown of life!  What a blessing to hold out for!

My encouragement to you is to endure and push through those trials and temptations for the word also says - Joy comes in the morning."

God bless
Tracy

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21 comments:

  1. James has always been one of those books that I know I should read more of, but darn it...so convicting! Hard to have joy during the trial or even because of the trial, but a necessary step for coming into all the blessing that God wants us to have as a result. Good stuff!

    Thanks for your blog visit! God is faithful!

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  2. God's word says we won't be tempted more than we can endure but sometimes we feel that we can't endure as much as He thinks we can.

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  3. Such a hard lesson to learn - finding joy in trails. I think I often fails the joy part more than I fail the trail!

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  4. Hi Pain to Purpose - so true, its a very convicting book, probably why, for me, God wants me to go through it now! :)

    Hi Stefanie - I think its because He KNOWS not thinks :)

    Hi Jedidja - no, thank you :)

    Hi Tracey - yes, its hard, but rewarding when we get it right :)

    Lovely ladies, thanks for commenting and have an awesome weekend.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. "the testing of your faith produces patience" - thanks for this reminder that all trials are for His good purpose. He is molding and shaping me into a woman through whom His light will shine.

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  6. Love this! We can't escape temptations or trials, but we can count it joy and press through. God is always there and He is making us stronger through it all.

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  7. No one likes to experience trials, but His Word tells us they are for our good and to draw us nearer to Him. I can only pray I'll endure them with patience and joy!

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  8. "Count it ALL joy when we go through various trials." ALL joy! These words rang in my ear as I read your post this morning. Just finished writing on joy and oh, how impossible it seems sometimes to count it ALL joy...except for the grace of Christ. Yet, He says it...so I will believe it. He works ALL things for good of those who love Him! Yes and Amen!

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  9. Tracy, James is such a blessing for those undergoing trials. Such wisdom and so much meat in a small book.

    Thank you for sharing and the reminders to push through and look for the joy in the morning!

    Hugs and blessings to you, sweet ((((Tracy))))

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  10. When I think of testing God always reminds me of 2 Corinthians 10:13, “Every test that you experience is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm. . .” (TEV) Linked with these verses from James, what a powerhouse of God's Word is at our fingertips! Thanks for the encouragement!
    Blessings!
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  11. Joy comes in the morning - amen! I don't like the trials and tests, but I do want to be made mature and complete, not lacking anything. Love this study!

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  12. I could leave the trials behind, but I know God teaches me wondrous lessons through them. You've made me want to go back and study James some more.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  13. Tracy - it is hard to count it all joy when going through trials and testing. Only when I look at it with the perspective that God is allowing the trials and testing to mature me...to know that He has a purpose is when I am able to count it joy. (And still it is hard.)

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts on James.

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  14. Hi Shannon - very good point, moulding us into women through whom His light will shine

    Hi Jenifer - so true, if we push through with Him by our side, we are stronger for it

    Hi Allison - for our good, yes and I think God is glad that in those trials we turn to Him in prayer

    Hi Jen - I agree it is so difficult to count it all joy but like you say, His word says it, so I believe it.

    Hi Lisa - I so agree with you, so much punch in so few words. I am learning so much.
    Hugs to you and an awesome weekend
    ((((Lisa))))

    Hi Pam - if I were to remember those words, He will never allow us to be tempted more than we are able, in times of testing, yes, that would be powerful. Need that to sink into my heart permanently!

    Hi Lisa - its like Deidra said the other day, milk and honey indicates cow doo and bee stings, but it is the promised land. Same with trials, want maturity in Christ? Need trials first. :)

    Hi Pamela - I've only just begun this study and I am learning so much. I do believe going back to it can only be good.

    Hi Joan - so true, God has a purpose for us going through these things and we only see it in retrospect. Here's to maturing in Him.

    Lovely ladies, you all bless me and bring up awesome points which only serves to make me grow more.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. Awesome post lovely Tracey. Our God is so faithful to bring us out of any test rejoicing!
    Couldn't reply to your email for some weird reason - going to Christian Barnaard Memorial Hospital. CT scan on Thursday.
    Thank you once again for walking this faith walk with us.
    Love Janine

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  16. such a great reminder about joy in trials. really hard to do but God surprises us with His grace doesn't he? that is, after we have surrendered to him, and that's another story!
    thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  17. Hi Janine - I will be praying for you guys. God's word will not come back void. Hold out for His promises

    Hi Peggy - thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it and will be hopping over to visit you back

    God bless Ladies, you are precious to the Lord
    Tracy

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  18. Love the thought that joy comes in the morning ... so glad we get a new day to begin again.

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  19. Tracy,

    I love James, it is my go to book for practical living. As you know I went through an incredibly tough season of testing that lasted over a year, and although I think I have gone through the worst of it, it is not over yet. It was hard, I was mad at God more times that I can count, but it was also a strangely comforting time that I would not trade for anything, of course I never want to go through that again, but I am glad I did. It was a period of growth that wouldn't have happened any other way, and He was with me the entire time, even when I doubted Him, He was faithful to walk beside me.

    Blessings to you Tracy. I am excited to read this journey through James with you.

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  20. HI Heart and soul - amen, thank the Lord His word says joy comes in the morning. It keeps hope alive

    Hi Kandi - we've also been going through a very rough time personally and like you, I would not change anything because to do so, to go through all that without the Lord, would have been so much worse. I agree with you about James, definitely a practical how to live book.

    God bless ladies and have an awesome week
    Tracy

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